Looking for some wild west fun? Across Texas’s 692,248 square kilometers (267,277 square miles), you’ll find hundreds of places to explore the real frontier heritage, whether it’s rounding up some cattle on horseback at a working ranch or walking through a cowgirl museum. From Amarillo to Brownsville, there are more fine-arts museums and cultural centers than you can count, and quicker than you can say “howdy” you’ll find an ethnic festival or a cultural center celebrating the state’s diverse heritage. If you love the outdoors, Texas will spoil you with Gulf Coast beaches, fishing spots from Caddo Lake to the Devils River, hiking trails in the Guadalupe, Davis, and Chisos Mountains, canoe routes in the Big Thicket, and birding in the Rio Grande Valley. If shopping’s what gives you a special thrill, try the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano, Main Street in Fredericksburg, and the galleries in Marfa. Whatever your interests are, Texas will make you one happy wanderer.

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